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Ted Colton Soens

September 28, 1931 ~ May 28, 2020 (age 88)

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Ted Colton Soens, 88, of Pittsburgh, PA passed away at his home on Thursday, May 28, 2020 due to cancer. He was born Sept. 28, 1931 to Lois (Colton) and Edward Soens in San Francisco, CA and spent most of his life in Morningside, living in his childhood home. 

He is survived by his adored wife of 67 years, Elaine (Ebright) Soens, his children Ted, Kathleen and David, grandchildren, one great grandson and other family members living throughout the U.S. 

A graduate of Peabody High School, Ted earned degrees from Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh, culminating in a Doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University. He spent his career as a history teacher at Gladstone High School and then as an administrator for the Pittsburgh Public School system. After college, he served in the Army as a paratrooper stationed in Ft. Campbell, KY. In retirement, he traveled and hiked widely, volunteered for Pittsburgh's history center and Children's Museum, protected turtle eggs in Mexico, and conducted downtown history tours for a trolley company. An avid ceramist, his yard was filled with his creations and widely shared with neighbors and family. Ted penned short stories and kept multiple scrapbooks documenting history — and his thoughts — as it unfolded. 

We love you, Dad, and treasure the example you gave us as a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. 

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